Development Director

Salem Art Association


  • Responsible for the solicitation and stewardship of grants from grant-making organizations (foundations, corporations and government entities) for the Salem Art Association (SAA), including researching grants opportunities and writing proposals.

  • Assist with the solicitation and cultivation of sponsors, major donors and members, including organizing special events.


RESPONSIBILITIES (list not inclusive)

  • Acquire and maintain knowledge and understanding of SAA and its activities

  • Research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs

  • Keep SAA staff apprised of potential funding opportunities when they are announced

  • Compile, write, and edit grant applications or assist program staff with these tasks

  • Develop proposals in accordance with each grant maker’s preferences and guidelines

  • Manage the process of supplying progress reports and final reports to the grant maker

  • Initiate and maintain positive relationships with key personnel at grant-making organizations

  • Initiate communications with new grant-making organizations

  • Coordinate meetings between the executive director and representatives of the grant maker when appropriate

  • Develop and maintain annual solicitation and reporting calendar

  • Assist in editing and writing for various organizational materials

  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Three to five years of direct experience and/or three years of related experience, as determined by the Executive Director.


  • Knowledge of grant application process and writing of applications

  • Knowledge of various grant programs available for arts organizations

  • Excellent organization skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines for grant opportunities

  • Ability to research grant opportunities available

  • Ability to travel when required for research and training

  • Ability to participate as a team player to coordinate grant projects

  • Ability to provide necessary documentation to support grant requirements

  • Ability to read, interpret and apply laws, rules and regulations

  • Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects

  • Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate a variety of data

How to Apply


Email a cover letter and resume to:

  • Please put “Development Director Search” in the email subject line
Posted on April 6